The advent of technology have revolutionised the way we work, play and live more effectively in the past decade, than the past century. Supercomputers, avant-garde smart gadgets and communications are what we have reaped from our progress. However, can those innovations sustain life? As we innovate, we have to feed ourselves and might have forgotten some of the important innovations that are able to sustain life as we forge ahead in our technological endeavours. Without further ado, let me introduce you to four innovations that are the next BIG THINGS for sustenance in the future.
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Hydroponics is derived from the latin words Working Water. Putting it simply, it means to grow plants without soil. In order to make it simple for you to understand Hydroponics, here's what it means: Give a plant exactly what it needs, when it needs and how much it needs, the plant will be as healthy as though planted in soil or even better. In soil it is far more difficult.
In using the technique of Hydroponics, we control many variables that are difficult to do so as when we use soil. Therefore, if you decide to grow two identical plants using soil for one and hydroponics for the other, you will almost immediately see the difference hydroponics make. It will be faster, healthier and the yields are in greater quantity! This is one of the main reasons why hydroponics is being adapted globally for commercial food production to feed the world's population.
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Aquaponics is a harmony of raising fish and hydroponics in an integrated system (usually an aquarium)! Let me break it down to simpler terms for you. In a habitat where fishes thrive, the fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants growing in the habitat. In exchange, the plants provide a natural filter for the habitat. The microbes and red worms in the habitat do the job of converting ammonia from the fish waste into nitrites, then to nitrates which are food for the plants! This is a genius innovation that uses the knowledge of how the natural world works and use it for the betterment of mankind!
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Aeroponic's origin came from the words aero- (air) and ponos (labour). Aeroponics is a great alternative for growing plants in small spaces, especially indoors. Aeroponic's similarity to hydroponics is that neither method uses soil to grow plants. The only difference is that water is used as a growing medium in hydroponics. In the technique of Aeroponics, no growing medium is used. Instead, the roots of plants are suspended or hung in a dark chamber and periodically sprayed with nutrient-rich solution.
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The technique of using Aeroponics is not difficult or complicated and the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks. Almost any plant or crops can be successfully grown using aeroponics, especially vegetables. The plants grow faster, yield more, and are generally more healthy than those grown in soil, definitely a factor important in the future. Here's an illustration how Aeroponics work:
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Having seen these 3 advanced methods of farming, we cannot hold back our excitement as to what the future holds for the field of agriculture or plant growth! However, if you are still a strong supporter of using soil as the main medium for agriculture, we understand where you're coming from! But hey, keep an open mind as one day, we will be the ones benefiting from these methods of farming!